Thursday, January 19, 2017

TOP LOAD VS. FRONT LOAD WASHER

           So your washer has just run its last cycle in its long and prosperous life and now you are, for potentially the first time, shopping for a brand new one. You walk in to an appliance store and you see an overwhelming selection of washers to choose from. There are top load with the agitator, there are top load without the agitator in the middle, and finally there are front load washers. What is the major difference between the three? Well I’m here to answer exactly that.

Lets begin with top load washers with
agitators. This is your traditional washer set up and generally at lower price points. The first thing to mention is that very few top load washers are built in the old school manner where they will last 15 to 20 years. Most modern washers on the market going to last 8 to 10 years, regardless of set up. The reason they don’t last as long is because the savings on energy efficiency over the 8 to 10 years of its life is enough money to warrant purchasing a new set. The down side of this washer design is water efficiency while the benefit is you don’t have to bend down to put clothes in. A great example of a top load washer is the LG 5.7 Cu.Ft. Mega Capacity Top Load Turbowash Technology Washer.

The top load without the agitator in the middle is a curious study. The lack of the agitator in the middle to pull clothes through the water to clean them means that the manufacturers had to get creative with the way the tub rotates. The benefit of these is that your clothes can’t get tangled around the agitator or get frayed, plus the capacities tend to go higher on them as well. The downside on them is water efficiency.

Now we get to the front load washers. The number one complaint I’ve heard customers have is that they tend to develop a smell over time. The manufacturers have fixed that issue by using anti-microbial material on the interior of the washer. The other thing to keep in mind is that front loads require ventilation, so keeping the door cracked is necessary. Now front loads are the best at cleaning clothes and here is why, the tub will spin out much faster than the top loads plus the tub itself is stainless steel on the interior. Now while they are generally more pricey, the amount of water savings you will have on front load vs. top load will pay itself off in two to three years. Check out the LG 5.2 cu.ft. Mega Capacity with On-Door Control Panel & TurboWash.

So in general speaking terms, front loads will clean the best and are the most efficient. The downside is having to bend down to load them but they do have pedestal or stacking options. 


Monday, January 9, 2017

Top 3 Types of Mattresses - Get the One You Need

Eric is here to show you the different types of mattresses.  There are great benefits when upgrading your old inner spring mattress with one of the 3 new innovative mattress designs.



Recap, the three mattress designs are :
1. Pocket coil: We recommend looking at the Sealey Tuberose Plush
2. Memory Foam: This one is a great option Tempurpedic TEMPUR-Cloud Supreme Breeze
3. Hybrid: Check out Sterns & Foster Brooklet Cushion Firm


Stop by one of our stores to see which one will give you the support that you need.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017 Kitchen Appliance Finish Trends

Trends in kitchen styles and finishes are always changing and now with hot new natural looks and finishes showing up everywhere kitchen appliances making leaps and bounds every year.  Among these is a shift in style from the stainless steel that has dominated the market for the last several decades.

New Metal Finishes and Panel Ready
Metal finishes across the board in the kitchen are slowly moving away from the long lasting finger print ridden stainless steel.  Finishes are becoming more user friendly and require less maintenance like black diamond stainless.  Keep in mind, however, that the biggest movement isn’t being seen among the manufacturers; it’s the bespoke pieces instead. Homeowners are having appliance doors made specifically for their kitchens, which are leading the way in this trend.

Invisible Appliances
Appliance panels are not new, but they’ve never been this popular before. While modern and transitional kitchens are using black stainless and bold colors in their appliances, formal and traditional kitchens are taking a different route. They’re using appliance panels to conceal and hide their appliances from sight.

Appliance panels are extensions of the cabinet doors you use in the rest of your kitchen. They fit over the appliance front, concealing it. So instead of a dishwasher, you simply see a larger cabinet door. Look for more cabinet makers to offer these panels, as well as for appliance manufacturers to offer models that can use the panels easily without blocking things like ice makers in the door.

Trends are Trends are Trends
After years on top, stainless steel continues to be the most popular with realtors which is the best reflection of a continuing popular trend.  Despite predictions of trends moving away from stainless as long as people expect stainless appliances when buying a home this will continue.  So be cautious if this isn’t your final home that your taste in finishes may not be reflective of the masses.

What appliance trends appeal to you in your kitchen upgrade? We look forward to seeing you in one of our Colorado stores to make your kitchen dream come to life!


Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Benefits of a Mattress Protector

It amazes me in my line of work how many individuals are willing to purchase a mattress, and are not willing to invest in a mattress protector. When you think about it, the average person spends one third of their life in bed. The average person also looses about a half gallon of fluids as they sleep through evaporation. Where does all of that water go? It goes into the air, into the mattress, and a combination of both. As gross as that is to think about, consider what that does to an unprotected mattress.
There are numerous benefits to putting a mattress protector on your bed and the cost to invest is really not that much. First and foremost, a mattress protector will ensure that your mattress will remain free of bodily fluids and even dead skin cells, extending the life of the mattress. The second thing a mattress protector will do is ensure that your 60 or 120 day sleep guarantee is guaranteed. The importance of having the sleep guarantee is to ensure that you’ve picked out the right mattress for you. You would hate to be stuck with a mattress you don’t like just because you opted out of getting an affordable mattress protector. 

Not all mattress protectors are created equal. Some mattress protectors do their job, but also block out the cooling effects of some of the higher quality memory foam mattresses. The mattress protectors we offer are very thin and are guaranteed to be water proof and skin cell proof. The best of our protectors also have a cooling system built in so that you can enjoy cooling effects without paying top dollar for a mattress that does the same thing. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

4 New Year's Resolutions You Can Keep!

2016 is drawing to a close, and it’s time to focus on how to make 2017 your best year ever! Skip the daunting, time-consuming resolutions this year and pick a few you can actually keep. Here are a few ideas for things you can do to enhance your life, increase your productivity, and boost your health, all without having to meet wildly unrealistic expectations.


You Do You- It’s easy to compare yourself to that acquaintance, family member, or friend who seems to have it all together. You know the one- everything seems to come easily to this individual, from the clean house to the well-dressed kids to the perfectly groomed hair and spectacular outfit. Do yourself a favor and make a list of things you like about YOU, not things you wish to change to be more like someone else. After all, who knows? The person you long to be more like may secretly wish he or she had YOUR life instead!

Just Say Yes- Instead of a knee-jerk “no” reaction to an invitation or opportunity you don’t think is for you, try to sprinkle a little “yes”into your life. A live jazz concert on a Wednesday night? A camping trip in a national park? Skydiving? Whatever life throws at you, try to answer with a “yes” more often than you normally would (as long as it’s legal) and you’ll be amazed where your adventure may take you!

Breathe- As anyone balancing work, kids, hobbies and everyday chores can tell you, life can get pretty hectic from time to time. And while it’s all well and good to talk about being mindful and appreciating the little things, you need to practice what you preach in order to reap the benefits of a calm, happy life. Start by just breathing- a few deep breaths in times of stress or anger can help trigger the much-needed, little-used “Pause” button on your life and help you assess what’s really important before you react.

Drink Your Veggies- Do you hate vegetables? It’s OK, lots of people do. Can’t find time to cook healthy, well-balanced meals? That’s still no excuse to eat unhealthy, fattening foods- all you need is some produce and a standard blender to make yourself a healthy, filling fruit and veggie smoothie that you can enjoy on your way to work. Not only can the delicious medley of fruits and vegetables give you a non-caffeinated morning boost of energy, but these low-cal smoothies eat like a meal and are perfect for on the go! You’ll be amazed at how tasty they can be (pro tip: add more bananas to mask that “green” flavor), and your body will love you for it!


What are your resolutions for 2017? Tell us in the Comments section.